At I8C several consultants are working with Datapower. We were pleased with the announcement of the virtual datapower. The virtual datapower that is released is the WebSphere Datapower Service Gateway XG45 Virtual Edition for Non Production Environment Version 5.0.0.  The supported VMWare hypervisors are:

  • VMware ESX, version 4.0 or version 4.1
  • VMware ESXi, version 4.0 or version 4.1
  • VMware vSphere editions: Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus, version 5.0 or version 5.1
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor, version 5.0 or version 5.1

Although it is not meant for production it is a great opportunity for us to educate our consultants, create some scripts for it, develop on it, create demos, …

The deployment is very simple.

First we downloaded the ova file (xg5000.tam61_nonpd_vmware.ova), with it came also a release kit. The ova file is less then 700 MB.

This ova file was then deployed to our esx server by using the wizard. The wizard is very straightforward.

After the wizard is completed the esx client started to deploy the virtual appliance.

One coffee later the appliance is deployed.

We could then start it, go to the console and start our first session. The default user and password is admin/admin. The initial steps are the same as on a regular datapower. See Setting up the initial firmware configuration in the Datapower SOA Appliances V5.0.0 Infocenter.

Because we used dhcp for our datapower we needed to know the ip address. At the console you can find the ip address by issuing the commando show ethernet.

Afterwards we where able to go to the webgui.

Now the fun can begin.

Author: Jef Jansen